Video has surfaced (link here)of a group of high school-aged boys attacking another boy Friday night after the Valencia High School football game.
The video shows as many as seven boys chasing, punching, and attempting to choke the victim during the attack. At one point one of the attackers held the victim and allowed another attacker to hit him several times in the torso and face before wrestling the victim to the ground.
According to a statement released by Gail Pinsker, spokesperson for the Wm. S. Hart Union School
“Valencia High School and District officials are aware of the alleged fight that took place after the football game on Friday evening at VHS. The District takes alleged incidents like this very seriously and the safety of our students is our number one priority. This case is currently under investigation by school and district officials, as well as local law enforcement, and any students determined to be in violation of district policies or Education Code will be disciplined appropriately.”
This is the second such incident that has happened in the William S. Hart district in the last month.
The other incident was sparked by an argument that happened after the Saugus Football game on September 20th, resulted in two separate fights on the following Monday between students. Two students were arrested in conjunction with the Saugus fight.
An online petition has also been started by a student at school, who calls himself a friend of the victim, asking for the attackers, who are allegedly apart of the Valencia Baseball team, to be removed from the team.
Over 1,200 people have signed the petition at the time of this article with many commenting on the petition’s forum that the attackers should be expelled from school.
Update 10/24/14 11:15 AM
Valencia High School Principal Joe Costanzo sent an email to parents (link here) of Valencia High School students Thursday afternoon in regards to the fight that happened between several students on Friday October 17, 2014.
“Additional video footage has been recovered. The video footage is approximately 3.45 minutes in length as opposed to the snippet that has been circulating on the internet. The snippet shows a very narrow view of one segment of a complex altercation that started at the beginning of the week of October 13, 2014. ” wrote Costanzo.
Costanzo also states that disciplinary action has been taken against seven students based on all of the evidence in accordance with the Hart boards policy and educational code.
In addition, Costanzo notes that the educational code also dictates a maximum disciplinary action that can be taken based on the incident specifics as well as a students disciplinary history.